Skirl of the pipes at Corby’s big Highland fling

Pipers at Corby's Highland Gathering
Pipers at Corby's Highland Gathering

Organisers of this year’s Highland Gathering in Corby have ensured the skirl of the pipes will fill the Old Village.

Ten pipe bands will be taking part in the event on Sunday, July 14, at Charter Field, and the solo piping competition has been brought back this year.

Walter McGregor, chairman of the London and South East branch of the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association, said: “We are expecting 10 bands to take part, some of a very high standard.

“The solo piping competition was in the doldrums for a number of years but we’ve re-introduced it.”

Pipers will compete for the Bill Rutherford trophy, provided by the family of the late Mr Rutherford who was a founder of the gathering and organiser of the piping and drumming events.

The pipe band competition will go on from 11am until 3.30pm, with the presentation of prizes and massed bands parade at 4pm.

Bands taking part are the Royal Corps of Signals, RAF Waddington with two bands, Corby’s Grampian band, Standard Triumph with two bands, the University of Bedfordshire, Wolverhampton Pipe Band, Birmingham Irish Pipes and Drums and Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Pipe Band.

Despite Corby Council cutting its funding for the gathering from several thousands pounds to just £500, organisers are confident it will be a big success.

Duane Ashworth, the father of Lance Corporal James Ashworth, who received the Victoria Cross after being killed in action in Afghanistan last year, has agreed to be the gathering’s chieftain.

There will be the traditional Highland dancing competition, live music, a fun fair, stalls and other attractions.

The gathering will also include an exhibition on comic book characters The Broons and Oor Wullie in Corby Old Village Community Centre.

From 11.30am until 5pm, The Jamb and parts of Rockingham Road and the High Street will be closed.

Admission to the gathering will be £3 for adults, with no charge for children.